Opening game woes as Camberley crumble.
Camberley made a dreadful start to their league campaign as they were comfortably beaten by Worcester Park on Saturday.
Coming into the game off a very good performance against Leatherhead last week, confidence was high, but that quickly evaporated after a dismal all-round display.
With the bat, people getting themselves out was the theme as no-one played a meaningful innings as the visitors crumbled to 100-8. Sam Holmes was the only batsman to really apply himself, making 43 not out as he and Chris Pike put on 48 for the ninth wicket, as Camberley finished on 154-9 from their 50 overs.
With the ball, Phil West took an early wicket and Lloyd Morris bowled a very impressive attacking opening spell, but that was as good as it got for a side who dropped at least four catches and were ultimately well beaten.
The day had started with Camberley winning the toss, and captain West decided to bat first. But as he tried to get the visitors off to a flying start, his ill-advised attempt to club Dom Fell out of the ground only succeeded in gifting an easy catch to keeper Ben Davies after just four balls.
Tom Green went in at three, and some good running with Dom Peter saw Camberley on the recovery path. Green played a superb straight drive for four but was bowled soon after, becoming Fell's second victim. Not long passed before Peter also departed, falling to a very good catch off his own bowling by James Cameron.
Mac Syed and James Parrott then led a mini recovery, Parrott in particular playing some lovely cover drives as Camberley looked to fight back. But the attacking nature of Syed's play proved to be his downfall as he drove straight to mid-on, Cameron taking the catch to reduce the visitors to 51-4.
Jordan Gibbs stuck around for a while before also being caught when looking to attack, before James Reeves played a short but sweet knock of 16 from 13 balls; an innings which featured just three scoring shots as he clubbed two long sixes and a four before being bowled.
Parrott was caught at mid-off for 23 off 57 balls soon after, and when Morris was run out without facing a ball, Camberley were in disarray.
Holmes and Pike then tried to get the away side up to a semi-respectable total, Pike just trying to stick around as Holmes picked off the runs. Pike was finally out in the 48th over as he looked to up the scoring, leaving Sean Clamp the last couple of overs to survive with Holmes.
In reply, Camberley got off to a promising start, with Morris looking lively and West accurate. While Morris was unfortunate not to pick up at least one wicket, West did snare an early one, as John Drake looked to create room outside leg stump only to miss a straight one.
The visitors remained positive in the field for a good number of overs before a series of dropped catches killed their enthusiasm and enabled Worcester Park to capitalise.
Davies made the most of his luck to get to 59 before being bowled by Holmes, but the powerful Johnny Evans finished not out on 66 as the hosts easily reached their target for the loss of just two wickets.
Despite this abject performance, the signs from the pre-season games were mainly positive, so Camberley will hope to get back on track at home to Warlingham on the 14th.